Cuisine Cash “Cashes in” More Than $170,000 to Help Local Restaurants
Starting around last Thanksgiving, the Brainerd Lakes, Crosslake, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Cuyuna Lakes Chambers of Commerce began their Cuisine Cash program to help out local restaurants, bars, and breweries during their second shutdown. Residents could buy the $25 gift certificates to area eateries for $20. After the New Year’s closure of the event, the program has raised more than $170,000.
Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce President, says this comes at a perfect time. With restaurants and bars set to open again Monday for dine-in service, he believes the community did more than enough to save some businesses.